Patricia Bonilla


BA, Lake Forest College / MA, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary / MPhil, Drew University / Ph.D., Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (Present)


United Methodist


As the daughter of Mexican immigrants, Patricia’s sociocultural and religious imagination was shaped by the stories of migration and the marginal and seemingly invisible status of Mexican Americans in the Midwest. As a Latina clergy person with ten years of parish ministry experience in the United Methodist Church, Patricia is compelled to research the role that the Church plays in effectively shaping leaders who are consciously integrated with the world around them and who can exert the necessary influence to create positive change in and for their communities. Her interests are focused on creating dialectic opportunities for critical pedagogical encounters where Latinx youth can experience God and help shape the world around them.